Thanks for the input Trock. Over here the N12's have rocketed in price and even a second hamd one goes for more than I paid for mine new way back when. I don't feel like I want to throw that much cash at a second hand unit with a redundant control section.
Stem mixing was ok for a while but all you're adding is the N12 eq & SSMC, mixes aren't recalable, etc, etc. I started staying IN the box about 8 months ago and haven't looked back. No N12 track sheets and trying to get things the way they were. I kust open the project and start where I left off months before.
I feel the MR816X would be perfect for my current setup. I'm in a new place with a live drum room so I'n taking 7 channels for drums alone and bass into the last pre on my board. Trying all sorts of stuff to get scratch guitars and vocals down at the same time through the 9/10 & 11/12 inputs. I think life would be so much easier if I took this route but dare I say it, with the driver issues (mine has been rock solid on the latest driver for 40+ hours of recording) I'm a little hesitant to jump in and buy one without the support on the big thread we once had and loved.